Eurovision Song Contest

According to the European Broadcasting Union, the Eurovision Song Contest is apolitical entertainment. This year, it is held in Azerbaijan, a country known for political repression and a poor human rights record.

Sing Loud, Speak Out...

For human rights activists in Azerbaijan, the Eurovision Song Contest is a blessing in disguise. Never before have their concerns received as much exposure in the European press.

Don't Call It Culture...

The European Song Contest is a thoroughly politicized event, not a celebration of culture. The strained relationship between the Azerbaijani hosts and their Armenian guests is only the most obvious example of the politics of art.

Words Are the Only Wea...

How can we celebrate and seek comfort in pop entertainment while dissidents are beaten and repressed? The only beneficiaries of "apolitical art" is the regime which avoids scrutiny.

Much Singing About Not...

Ignoring political context won’t change the facts: the Eurovision Song Contest is a political event. Almost all countries use the music stage for political performances – and they are getting increasingly good at it.


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Passage to India

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No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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